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Mariazell Basilica, Mariazell

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  • Nice big church, unfortunately not allowed to photo inside. Very well organized with WC and lockers if one wish to stash away big bags. Marketplace just outside selling all kinds of memorables like pl...  more »
  • Mariazell Basilica, Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, located in the middle town small room city Mariazell. It is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria, today around a million p...  more »
  • Mariazell Basilica a Marian basilica, also known as Basilica Mariä Geburt or in English: Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary. Mariazell Basilica is the most important pilgrimage destination in Au...  more »
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  • Beautiful baroque building, nicely renovated. The interior is richly decorated, especially interesting is the Gnadenkapelle with the Virgin Mary and the Little Jesus, the object of pilgrimage. It has a special atmosphere.
  • Very nice, no entry fee, impressive!
  • Crowded, But a nice Flair
  • Nestled high in the Alpine mountains of Austria, the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariazell is the most-visited Marian shrine in Central Europe, receiving about a million pilgrims each year. The basilica and shrine is located at the center of Mariazell, which is also a popular resort town, and its three west towers can be seen from around the city. The central tower is Gothic and was preserved from the 14th-century church; the two flanking Baroque towers were added in the 17th century. The Gothic portal with carved tympanum has also been preserved. Inside, the miraculous statue is housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, which stands directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. The statue is a small (48 cm tall) Romanesque wooden figure of the seated Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child. In the Baby's hands are an apple and a fig, calling to mind the Fall of Adam, but also Christ's redemption of mankind. Both Mary and Jesus are almost entirely covered in rich garments and wear golden, jewel-encrusted crowns. Pilgrims who have received a blessing after praying to Our Lady of Mariazell leave ex-votos (gifts "out of thanks") at the shrine. As a testament to Mariazell's great popularity, the ex-votos represent one of the greatest numbers of nationalities of any Catholic shrine.
  • Wonderful